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Christine Souffrant Ntim is a Haitian-American entrepreneur with over 7 years business management experience across 30+countries. She was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, Haiti Changemakers 1804 List, and Caribbean Change Makers 30 Under 30 in 2016. She speaks on leadership, disruptive entrepreneurship, and exponential tech AI, VR, Robotics at the United Nations, TEDx, European Union Forum and over 20+ global conferences each year. She also interviews top influencers in the Middle East as the Managing Chapter Director of Startup Grind Dubai, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.
Her entrepreneurial journey started with Vendedy , a social network connecting people to street markets. The innovative platform was featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine, IBM Global Entrepreneur, Microsoft, the Clinton Global Initiative, Master Card Priceless Pitch, SheKnowsMedia Pitch, Chivas Venture Million Dollar Prize, Forbes Million Dollar Prize Top 40, SOCAP Gratitude Network, Rent the Runway Project Entrepreneur and Digital Entertainment World. Her efforts to digitize a $10 trillion dollar street market economy by centralizing the world’s 200,000 street markets was also featured in alumni networks at Singularity@NASA, Draper University, Dartmouth College Alumni Magazine, and Hult International Business School Magazine.
Today, Christine is an award-winning keynote speaker, traveler and serial entrepreneur who builds startup ecosystems for entrepreneurs. From digital accelerators across 7 regions: Africa, Caribbean, Latin America, Middle East, Asia, Europe, via GlobalStartupEcosystem.com to intense branding boot camps via BrandEntrepreneurs.com, Christine has made the startup development blue print an inspiring endeavor for both aspiring and serial entrepreneurs with her award-winning talk- “Entrepreneurship Without Borders”.
Losing your job is never easy. Losing your job in a foreign country, when you haven’t done anything wrong while dealing with a personal crisis, is the stuff that you would never wish upon even your worst enemy.